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like. >> wow. >> oh, larry. never failing to give it his all, whether it be interviewing suzanne somer s or trying to ge katie couric in the sack. i'm a fan of all of them, larry, katie, and suzanne, who wasn't even part of the tale. as long as your friday night involved the image of larry king lunging at katie couric, i feel like i have done my job. "piers morgan tonight" starts now. that's my larry king. that's all i got. tonight, his final interview. >> god gave me a very good hand to play over my 88 years. i have no regrets. >> the late great former new york mayor, ed koch. as brash as the city he led. >> i changed the city of new york. i gave people back their morale. >> his own words, a true american oerm. >> plus, game on.
our super bowl preview, the big game, the big hits. cnn's rachel nichols and pat o'brien cover it all. >> also, this just in. jennifer lawrence, wait, she's approaching at high speed. >> that's what i'm talking ability. >> thank goodness. this is breaking news. >> after thursday's electrifying entrance, the two-time oscar nominee brings back the drama and her director, david o. russell. >> i have been terribly blessed. >> and she reveals what she thinks of me. >> we were texting. i said i had to be here. i said, i'm going to be on piers morgan with you, and his reply was, ooh, we're so cool. >> this is "piers morgan tonight." >> good evening. on a day of a deadly attack on a u.s. embassy in turkey and rising protests against egypt, the changing of the guard in the state department paused to pay tribute to ed koch, the mayor of
new york died of congestive heart failure at 88. he ran the city he loved for three terms. he never slowed down and always spoke his mind. ed koch was really one of a kind. i sat down with his three weeks ago in what turned out to be his last tv interview. we want to bring all of my interviews with the man as a tribute to his extraordinary life and legacy. >> an honor to have you here, mr. mayor. how are you? >> i'm in good shape. >> new york is a fascinating story, i think, because when i first came here, i think in the mid-'70s, it was pretty rough. i mean, i felt pretty intimidated walking around as a young 13, 14-year-old in central park. >> reasonable to feel that way. >> yeah, and it's been an extraordinary transformation, under a succession of mayors, starting with you. when you look at what's happened to this city and you made the documentary as a key part of
that, how do you feel your legacy will take part in it? >> i will tell you, frankly, i believe i created the foundation. i changed the city of new york. i gave people back their morale. i built 250,000 housing units. affordable rentals, and a whole host of other things, and it created the climate for what ultimately others after me, david dinkins and rudy giuliani and the current mayor, mike bloomberg, particularly him, have done. we are once again the capital, international capital of the world. i honestly, truly believe that. >> when you look at what's happening with the gun debate in america, clearly, new york took a real stand about guns. and was very successful. new york is becoming a pretty safe city. certainly by comparison to places like chicago. what is your view of this debate right now? and what should be done? >> i believe in the
constitutional amendment. to really address the issue. because when we're doing it as we are currently doing it, a little bit at a time, and then the united states supreme court has the tendency to strike down what we do, washington, d.c. banned guns, the united states supreme court said you can't do it. the only really true way of handling it is a constitutional amendment. until that happens, because it's difficult, you want to do what you can. and what's currently on the table are semiautomatic guns, to ban them. and as everybody says, you don't shoot deer with a semiautomatic. >> the gun rights people say you can't do this under the second amendment. i'm entitled to have a semiautomatic firearm if i want one. >> we don't think so. the courts must ultimately decide that, but as far as i understand it, none of the cases have said that you're entitled to a semiautomatic.
under his theory, he's entitled to a cannon. >> yeah. does it depress you that even following a massacre, as we saw at sandy hook school, there is still so many americans who want no change at all on guns? >> well, you know, they're not evil people. they're not evil people. some are. but most of them are not. and they now have been infiltrated with the idea if you have any reduction of any right at all, it's a slippery slope. they're wrong, but i can understand that they have been brain washed by their leadership who in my judgment are evil. >> the nra you're talking about? >> yeah, the nra. >> why are politician said so cowered by the nra? >> because the marshal money for the opponents. and they have been successful in defeating candidates. >> when you look at america in
totality with the huge financial crisis that obviously enveloped the country, any other issues that had to deal with, where do you think the country is right now? where does it need to get to quite quickly, you thin, to maybe get back on its feet? >> i believe we're thougnot doi enough to deal with the national debt. there had been talk about raising over a ten-year period $4 trillion and cutting the expense budget $3 for every $1 in revenue. they haven't done anything like that. i believe that if people stand up, and there are people who want to stand up. i'm only sorry that mayor bloomberg didn't run -- >> he is to me one of the most impressive people in american politics. >> yes, he is, to me, too. >> i wouldn't say wasted because he's doing a terrific job as the mayor of new york, but he has the personal financial clout and the independence of mind and the
courage, i think, to really make a difference. i don't see many bloombergs in washington right now. >> you're absolutely right. they're all cowards. mayor bloomberg made it on his own. i mean, this is not inherited wealth. and i believe that the areas of his interests, gun control and obesity and other things that nature helps the public, he's done an enormously fine job, and he's brought new york city to the point where now under me, because remember when i came in, we were on the edge of bankruptcy, so i'm not responsible for my predecessors and those who really kill the city, including the murp unions who took such advantage of us. but the high of murders when i came in, 2,500 a year. now it's under 400 or about 400. >> when you saw the appointment of chuck hagel, you were pretty
outspoken. >> yeah. >> why were you so animated? >> firstly, i want to say this. i don't think he's anti-sumettic. i have no basis for saying that, and i do believe he's hostile to israel, but he has a right to his position. what is interesting to me is tom friedman, his first sponsor that i read his column, said he is not mainstream. this is tom friedman, who is advocating hagel. and then his opponents say he's not mainstream. why would you want a guy who is not mainstream? in charge of one of the most important agencies, the defense department? he's opposed to sanctions against iran. he's also opposed to war. well, if you don't believe in sanctions and you don't believe in war, what do you think we should do as it relates to stopping iran from getting the nuclear bombs?
he believes that there should be much greater light distance, separation between israel and the united states. so as to make the arab countries more friendly to us. they want to kill us. they want to kill christians and jews and they say they're going to convert either voluntarily or by force. and that's been their history. so why would we want to genesis, which is really the way i feel he's acting, the only democratic state in that area that we can rely on, israel, in exchange for having the sheiks and the kings and the presidents in egypt and lebanon and syria and iraq toasting with orange juice hagel's appointment. >> in terms of the israel/palestine situation, do you think any kind of lasting
peace settlement in that region can be achieved? >> yes, but not in your lifetime, not in mine. i'll tell you why. >> you don't think so? really? isn't that very disspirited. >> you want me to tell you the truth, not just stroke you? >> no. >> there are two people who are quite important in the arab areas of palestine. one is the leader of gaza, who said we will destroy israel. we will never sit down. tel aviv belongs to us. jerusalem, in their charter, they say every jew who came to the mandated palestine after 1817 must be expelled. how can you do business with him? you can't. he wants to kill you. then you have abu abass who is the nominal leader, i call him, of the palestinian authority, who hasn't wanted to sit down
with the israelis, say let's sit down at any table, no conditions. let's not leave the room until we have peace. he's afraid if he entered into a peace treaty with israel, that his own people would execute him. they don't want a peace. what they want is a single state where the jews will be submerged and the arabs will impose sheraa or whatever else their islamic religion requires. >> but when you look at the obvious oppression of nearly 2 million palestinians on the gaza strip in particular, it's a terribly depressing -- >> sure. >> helpless situation. >> and they could change it. they could change it. >> can only they change it or do the israelis have to also give a little bit? >> of course. >> everything about compromise? >> of course the israelis have to give, and they will. and omar, who was the prime
minister, said he was within a hair's breadth of dealing with abu abbas, but it's the fear that the palestinian leadership has that if they enter into a treaty with israel, they will be murdered. >> when you see the political rhetoric being deployed not just there but in washington in particular, it's so vicious now. >> it is. >> you went through a bit of this yourself, very personal in nature. >> yeah. >> when you see it now, is it as bad as it has ever been, do you think? >> worse. i enjoyed my stay in congress. most people today do not. too many people who have been elected really don't understand the nature of government. government is compromise. >> doing a deal. >> doing a deal. >> always in the back of their minds the national interests, not their own personal interests. >> correct. >> your speculation about who may be the nest president
because president obama is in his last four years now. hillary clinton? could we be facing our first female president? >> i'm for hillary. i think she is beloved as a figure today. and i believe that if she runs, and i think that she will, she will be our president. and i'll be delighted. >> you get two for the price of one, don't you? you get bill back in the white house. >> and you get me as an advanceme advancement. >> people talk about the second amendment, the first amendment, the one that was a terrible mistake was the 22nd amendment. >> two terms. >> yes, absolutely. bill clinton would still be president, wouldn't he? >> i'm for term limits, but i'm for three terms. >> right, who would be the next mayor of new york? >> i am for christine quinn, but it's a wide open race. >> pretty tough act to follow, isn't he, michael bloomberg? >> very tough. >> more of the last interview with ed koch coming up, including what he said about the
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i knew that the city was in dire peril when i ran. i also knew that of all those who were running or thinking of running, i knew more than they did. >> how am i doing? >> not too well. >> the documentary is a fascinating film in many ways. what i loved most of all is you have already done your own grave. >> yes, i have. >> you made it, you have the tombstone, there it is. here lies ed koch. you're in a unique position of writing or verbally espousing your own obituary. what does it say? >> it's on a subway stop, too. >> what was the tnking behind that? >> it's the only operating cemetery in manhattan. i wanted to be buried in
manhattan. and the trinity church has a nondenominational cemetery which is what this is. and it's the only functioning one. the one down at wall street, you have to be incinerated. i don't want to be incinerated. >> when you look at your own grave, it's something that very, very few people ever do. what do you think? >> i want to tell you, i'm secular, but i believe in god. i believe in the here after. i believe in reward and punishment, and i expect to be rewarded. god gave me a very good hand to play over my 88 years. i have no regrets. >> what has been your greatest achievement? >> being mayor of the city of new york. you know, here i am 22 years out of office. i walk down the street, people who were 8 years old when i was mayor know me. the mottos i had, how am i
doing? everyone knows that, and i first uttered in 1969. new york, the people have given me so much. on my gravestone, i say i fiercely love the people of the city of new york. >> is that what it says? i thought it might say, how am i doing? not very well. what would be, when you're honest about everything, and your documentary is very honest, what has been your biggest failure? >> the biggest fault, if you will, is when we closedcid sid a sidenham, a hospital run by black doctors, and every mayor going back to wagner said they were going to close it because it was terrible service and it cost more per patient than the best hospitals in new york, but you were risking your life going there. and so i said, i'll close it because that's what the experts
told me to do. but what i didn't realize was the psychological pain and attachment that the black community had, understandably, because it was the first hospital that admitted black doctors when other hospitals would not. now, i didn't appreciate that. i wanted oto do it on the merits. what is interesting is that under governor cuomo, they were going to close some state hospitals. steve berger was the chairman, and they asked me, had a question. i was in the audience, and i said, my question was, do you think i did the right thing in closing sidenham. of course, you did. i'm saying to myself, jerks, don't you ever learn. >> mr. mayor, it's a terrific documentary, lovely to see you. >> thank you so much. >> the late, great ed koch. what a life he led. as the "new york times" put it,
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it all. the harbaughs, ray lewis, colin kaepernick, joe flacco, and the list goes on. >> the nfl commissioner on sunday's big game. more than 100 million viewers will watch the super bowl in new orleans where the ravens and 49ers, call it an east coas coast/west coast thing. rachel, make me excited about this. as a kind of rookie myself in the world of super bowls, why is this one going to be special, as the commissioner seems to suggest? >> this is a great super bowl. this is going to be a close one. there have been games in the past that have been blow-outs, they get boring. everyone is watching the third and fourth quarter just for the commercials. this is one we expect to come down to maybe the final two minutes. maybe a field goal. these are two teams that are well matched. if you look at the experts picking games, a lot of them are coming down on each side,
there's not an overwhelming favorite, and there's an excitement. colin kaepernick is a new style of quarterback. a running quarterback, and he also throws. he's exciting, and on the other side, ray lewis, a veteran, one of the most visible players in the nfl retiring after this game and certainly would like to go out with a win. we'll see a lot on both sides, and of course, the brothers. >> what else should we be looking out for? what are the big issues surrounding the football that you think america will be talking about? >> roger goodell, you showed a little clip of him, and the biggest issue with him is player safety. even the president of the united states, barack obama, called out the commissioner and called out the nfl on the idea of player safety. barack obama said, if i had a son, i'm not sure i would let him play football. that caused a huge ripple effect now. of course, unless there's something mrs. obama is not telling us, this is really a moot point. he's not going to have a son, this is not going to be an
issue. however, this is america's game. we do have two brothers here competing as head coaches in the super bowl because their father got them into this sport. now so many parents around the country are wondering, is it safe for my kid to play football? roger goodell today answered the president's words. while he welcomed the president's interest in this and while he wants to make the game safer, his own time playing as a youth is something he wouldn't give up and he brought up some of the things the nfl is trying to do to try to make the game safer, talking about bringing in independent neurologists who aren't associated with the team and they will tell players whether they think they should go back into the game. he also talked about the idea of increasing the fines and suspensions for the kinds of hits and acts on the field that are going to be causing some of those issues. i have to tell you, there is controversy out there. the players don't think the moves that goodell is making are
really the right moves. there was a survey recently within their own players association that 9 out of 10 of the players in this league do not trust their own medical staff. that was very shaking to the nfl, and the idea that they basically think goodell and a lot of the nfl is taking this showy road to sort of show people, fend off the lawsuits they're facing from former players. hey, we're worried about this. hey, mr. president, it's okay, when in fact in training rooms and behind the scenes, they're not doing the kinds of things that would improve preventative care. there's a lot between the guys on the field and in the front offices, but it affects parents out there, for sure. >> of course it does. now, i have my fried chicken on order and my beer, my six-pack. what else do i need to really be an american watching the super bowl on sunday? >> the beer is very important. chips, pretzels, all that stuff. chip and dip.
you have to decide, are you a guacamole person, a salsa person? what is going to be in the piers super bowl celebration here? >> guacamole reminds me of mushy peys, so maybe i'm a guacamole kind of guy. rachel, a pleasure, as always. good luck on sunday. i will be watching with a kind of mystified eye, but i will try to enjoy myself. >> let's bring in a guy now who has covered many super bowls over the years, pat o'brien, the host of fox sports primetime. how are you? >> i'm fine, piers, how are you? >> you're the perfect guy to ask. where does this rank in terms of excitement, intrigue, plotting? where do you put this one? >> well, the super bowl in america is -- should be a national holiday. by the way, piers, this is real football, not the kind you play in your country. >> well, the one where they all have to wear helmets and padding, right? >> i know. i did the first game at wimbley back in the day, and all of your
citizens asked me, why do they have pads? why do they have helmets? no, but it's a huge day. you can't imagine one day in any country being like this where everything literally shuts down, and from the cities who get the super bowls, i was talking to player la er landrieu, he said $350 million comes in. >> that's great for new orleans, isn't it? it must be buzzing at the moment. really good for them, for the economy there and putting it back firmly, squarely on the american map after some pretty tough times. >> yeah, i mean, this is a city that has had the super bowl ten times. they missed it the one year of katrina, but they have also had the first super bowl after 9/11. but you can still walk around and see some signs of katrina. but certainly, they're not done here yet. >> the big story really is these two brothers, the harbaugh brothers, who are going to go at it. at the moment, they're
pretending to be best buddies, but i've got two brothers, and when push came to shove, if we were up against each other in a super bowl or sporting contest of this magnitude, we would want to rip each other's throats out. what is really going on between these two? >> i think you're exactly right. i have a little brother. he does -- he's afraid of me. and jim harbaugh is afraid of john. america is afraid of jim. but the chances of two brothers coaching in this fantastic football game, the chances are almost like if you and i ended up coaching in this game. the idea of having two brothers from a football family go all this time and suddenly here they are across from each other at the super bowl. it's crazy. >> which of the two teams do you really fancy to win this one? i know in the end it's a bit of a lottery, the super bowl, but where are you seeing this one go? >> i used to like the 49ers a lot until i got here. now i see the ravens as a sort of team of destiny. everything has gone right for them. and all these things kind of go
in place, ray lewis' last year, and they're in my hotel, by the way. but they have been hidden away. if you're a 49ers fan, by the way, the big story is kaepernick, the quarterback who came out of nowhere. his tenth start in the nfl is a super bowl, who is going to be the next big star. i think i kind of lean toward the ravens. >> in terms of the nature of nfl at the moment, i suppose one of the biggest issues is the concussion issue, the impact issue. what is your view on that? and do you think people are overreacting or is it really time that the sport got to grips with this and did something about it? >> yeah, good question. the president, of course, brought it up this week by saying, you know, he would think twice to let his son play football. but it's a real issue, piers. it's a real issue. yesterday, warren moon came in and brought this new helmet that has all these things to prevent your brain from sloshing around. it's a violent sport. the thing about the players,
they know what they signed up for. but year after year, i was telling my producer, we see more and more guys coming in to the radio area, around town, that are crippled. they can't walk. a lot of them can't think straightly, so it's a real issue. and now there's over 1,000 lawsuits to the nfl. but the bottom line is it's what they signed up for, so there you go. >> if you were running it, would you bring in new regulations to try to limit the impact? >> there's only so much you can do. they're protecting the quarterbacks. they have a zone now to hit somebody. without taking away completely the game, and the fans here are like your fans, like soccer fans or football fans in europe, they're really passionate about the way the game is played, and a big hit is as good in this country as a catch. but roger goodell, in the wake of what obama said, said we'll do everything we can, but it's still a game of violence. >> listen, i know what this game means to america. it's going to be a hell of a
game on sunday. i'll be glued to it. i love the whole entertainment, i love the commercials. i love the football, i love the fact that it's such a huge part of american culture, and may the best team win. pat o'brien, have fun down there, and thanks for joining me. >> i'll see you soon. thank you. >> pat o'brien can be heard on his radio show, fox sports primetime featuring pat o'brien. >> next, jennifer lawrence's showstopping appearance on my show. it's part two. >> tonight, we were just texting earlier. i was like, i had to tell him i was going to be here tonight. he said, what are you talking about? i said, i'm going to be on piers morgan with you. his reply was, ooh, we're going to be so cool. from pantene. it's a system with pro-vitamins and caffeine. 7 signs of aging hair, like dryness and damage, virtually disappear. to make it act up to 10 years younger. my hair act its age? never.
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as david o. russell. you left us with a cliffhanger. you were a little late. >> it wasn't my fault. >> i wasn't blaming you. but i very jgenerously allowed you to stay on my set on the pretex we could run it tonight. >> and you get to say my side later. then we get the truth. >> okay, the cliffhanger we left the viewers was the brilliant recovery you made from your wardrobe malfunction at the globes where it appeared to me as a casual viewer that your entire dress was collapsing as you walked up to get this great award. tell me what you were thinking as it began to fall apart? >> i didn't feel anything, which is actually a lot worse because i had this like blank look on my face. >> what is this that is happening? >> is it actually ripping? >> no, it's a tiered dress, which i didn't understand. yeah, that's the design of the dress. i guess if you put it on somebody with the coordination of my level, that's what's going
to happen. >> what i love is what naomi watts and nicole kidman, sharing the horror, never mind anything else, of what could have been catastrophic, you just got on with it. >> just move on. your pants fall off and you keep going. >> talking about moving on, let's move on to your career because to call it sizzling is to underestimate the impact you're having. the second oscar nomination for you. can you quite believe it. you're 22 years old and this is exploding for you. >> i know, it's absolutely incredible. i mean, yeah. i've been incredibly blessed. >> when you were a little youngster, what was the dream for you? >> i had a million dreams. i was going to be a doctor. that was -- i'm sorry, i keep bumping david in the chair. i'm killing him. look at him. i'm going to keep doing it. >> i don't think he minds. >> he does. yeah, i was going to be a doctor, but basically, i was putting on shows.
i would like put on an outfit and somebody would knock on my door and i would be like, my name is judy and my car broke down. can i use your phone? i was always an actress. we just really didn't realize it until i became an actress and we were like, oh, that makes sense. >> tell me about your family. i don't know much about you. you suddenly arrive in this blaze of glory. tell me about your upbringing your family, and what they make of this? >> i gree up in louisville, kentucky. my family still lived in kentucky. when i wanted to do this when i was 14, they weren't going to let me do it, and my brothers called and said, you guys followed us through the world series, have been all over the country with us, and you would do this for us with sports, and this is her baseball diamond and you have to let her do it, so it was because of my brothers i got my chance. i was going to do it for the summer. >> how do they feel now? >> they're very relieved. they don't feel like i could have done anything else.
relieved and proud. >> what does it take to be a great actress? that's the formula in your movie, a great performance by any yardstick. what does she have, jennifer, that takes it to that kind of level? >> um -- i think there's a soulfulness that's immediately there. you -- it's right there in her eyes and in her face, and in her -- the way she talks. i don't know how to express it except to point to her performance. she has a soulfulness that comes from her, and there's -- i don't want to embarrass her, we were concerned she was too young for the role. i said, e almost has a timeless quality to her, which i do feel. sometimes she feels like she's 18. sometimes she feels like she's 40. not only that, a realness. there's a lack of preciousness. there's not a frame around what she's doing. it's raw, and it's real. and it comes from part of her soul, and she just channels it right out there and she's not afraid to jump in and do it any
number of different ways. and she has very good instincts. she'll tell you when she feels something is false and when she would like to find another way to do it. it's a great gift to a director to have an actor who has so much emotion readily available. it's authentic emotion. it's from her. and it's a part of her, and i hope -- i just don't know, it's a blessing to have someone channel that. >> when he calls you and says, here is the deal. you're going to do love scenes with bradley cooper, and by the way, robert de niro is going to be here to give you acting tips. how many seconds did it take? >> about half a second. yeah, i always wanted to work with david. he's my favorite director and has been for years. >> and he's no shrinking violet. you have been very polite. but you have fallen out with people, feuded with people. you're known as being on the edge, and that gives you, i think, this brilliant edge as a director, but you know, you don't suffer fools.
you're not a shrinking guy, are you? >> suffer fools? >> i can't, because david, we're the same person. if we just -- david has this amazing quality, like tonight, when we were just texting earlier where i was like, i had to tell him i was going to be here tonight. he was like, what are you talking about? i am going to be on piers morgan with you. and his reply was, ooh, we're going to be so cool. his thought process is almost like a child's where it's so pure and honest and he's a genius, and he has such a pure way of looking at the world, and he also is very visual, and his brilliance, and -- and he's the sweetest person i have ever met and the warmest person i have ever met. i never met somebody who doesn't deserve a reputation more than david. >> my god, this doesn't get any
better? >> let me put it this way. i would characterize some of the -- some of the unfortunate missteps of the first half of what i would call my career, i feel like i'm in the second, i had a wilderness period that separated the two. kind of three kings and then huckabees and then a six-year period where i didn't make films and i think i lost my way of it, and i think it humbled me and made me a better filmmaker, frankly, piers. i'm not glib about it, to be honest with you, and i don't -- you know, i want to have a warm set where everyone's in it together and happy. i never want to have any of that. and any of those things, i think, were just made me want to be more real on a set. so that's the truth. and it humbled me and made me make this movie and "the fighter." i see "the fighter" and this picture as companion volumes. it brought me closer to the characters i'm directing. they're struggling and want to be known and respected.
i know what that feels like. and they want a third or fourth chance. i know hot thwhat that feels li myself, and i appreciate it in a real way. that's the realness i want to put into these families and that jennifer brought to life. jennifer also is an extremely hard worker. and she loves it. so she works so hard. and is relentless. and willing to try any number of ways. and give you any number of choices. and about dancing, she was not a dancer. the woman was not a dancer. and she getting to know bradley cooper that way made them both more vulnerable and open emotionally because they were pressed together and dancing and neither one of them were professional dancers. they had a week of being thrown together that way. >> let's take a break. let's come back and talk about the oscars, about harvey weinstein, the rascal, as i believe he's known, and also, jennifer, your penchant for guys with a british accent. let's just leave it there.
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brains behind this project, is one of the greatest oscar grabbers i've ever seen. anyone can lead you to glory, it will be harvey. he's known as the rascal, i believe. why the rascal? maybe jennifer you could explain to me why he's a rascal? >> it was either that or nincompoop. oh, god, what are these pictures? >> you and nincompoop. >> i love harvey. he's been, like, a dad, pretty much to me, a hollywood father. he's -- he's really taken all of us under his wing and just kind of -- he has a way of just making things happen. and he also stands behind films. films he believes in. >> what i like about him, he has an absolute love and passion for movies and hollywood. >> he does. >> and he does it in an old-fashioned way, throws great parties, celebrates, wants to win oscars, he loves the whole thing. there is no cynicism with harvey. >> no. >> he wants to win things, make good films, you know, have great actors. in terms of acting, who are your
great inspirations? >> well, meryl streep, obviously. and gina rowland was a huge inspiration to me. and charlize theron when i was younger. i remember watching "monster" when i was 13, 14. >> she's underrated. i thought she had a real intensity. >> i loved her. >> really fascinating. >> she is a fascinating person and incredible actress. i think cate blanchett is amazing. yeah. i have lots of -- >> the men. >> of the men? well, god -- >> can you get past bradley's good looks? >> yeah. well, robert de niro, obviously, is the best. i mean, he's -- >> did he give you any tips? how does it work? >> he gave me tips once of -- on trying to stay on my ground more and because i kind of get a
little bit too okay. i end up staying in the day's inn. >> he's more like, you got to be ruthless. >> yeah. he gave me a good talk about that. nothing really with acting, though. i've learned from example with him. he's very calm and nice and just gets it done. >> who do you think, david, is pound for pound the best actor in the world right now? >> that's a horrible question to ask a director. >> who is your favorite baby? >> like asking your favorite baby. i can tell you some who i think are fantastic actors. i loved everyone in the cast of "the fighter." i loved christian bale and mark wahlberg. actor and actresss? >> yes. >> both sexes. that's a big category. in the spirit of that, these characters in my film are the favorite kinds of people, like my son, because they're unfiltered and cause everyone around them to be less filtered and to be more real. they go to a dinner party and talking frankly about their lives and medications and everybody at the party is uncomfortable and pretty soon everybody is opening up.
his best friend opens up as a result of that. that's a very refreshing thing. i think that's something we share in common, safe to say. what do you think? >> yeah, i agree. >> i can't let this end without asking you, jennifer, this feeling i'm getting that you just have a bit of a thing for the british accent. am i right? >> every girl loves a british accent. >> isn't that true? >> london is my favorite city. we filmed "x-men" there so i lived there. >> you eat fish? >> yes. >> a complete delight. thank you for staying and giving us a little bit more. best of luck for the oscars. i think you're in for a great night. i think you should be. it is an amazing movie and more importantly it has an important mission statement to it. mental health is one of the great issues in america now. and i think this is something that everyone should go and see. thank you, both, very much. >> thank you, piers. >> lovely to see you. >> we'll be right back. ♪ you know my heart burns for you... ♪ i'm up next, but now i'm singing the heartburn blues.
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